OFELIA GAONA-HERRERA - GLASS
Ofelia's work is strongly influenced by her childhood in Colombia. She re-creates the tropical colors and moods of the landscapes, mountains and plains she grew up with. The pieces she designs tend to link the two different worlds she has been involved with. She is interested in combining metal and glass, with their very different qualities and properties. Ofelia uses the hardness, brittleness, transparency and fragility of glass and combines those qualities with the solidity, strength and flexibility of metals such as copper wire, silver and brass. It excites her that, by bringing these two materials together, she can create a new medium in which overlapping colors and tactile qualities become one.